Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Summer Soldier and Sunshine Patriot - David Webber, an MU professor of political science, starts with the Thomas Paine quotation, "The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." He takes it in a new direction, however, and ends with what could be mistaken as a lukewarm conclusion that patriotism lies in expressing your opinion.

I may be overlaying my own political viewpoints over his, but I've always loved the chaotic, ugly mess that is American politics. For good or for ill, the course of our country is based on the will of the people, and the will of the people is determined through the collective pushing and pulling of a noisy, rude and smelly mob. It's crass, it's undignified, and it's beautiful.

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